Sheri-D’s Book of Sensations, Dragon Rouge and the Calgary Spoken Word Festival

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Sheri-D’s Book of Sensations, Dragon Rouge and the Calgary Spoken Word Festival

This year the Calgary Spoken Word Festival has a stellar lineup of poets featuring Cobra Collins, Afua Cooper, Lorna Crozier, Julie Trimingham, Sheri-D Wilson, Aritha Van Herk, Mighty Mike McGee, Mary Pinkoski, Andre Prefontaine, Shaf, Micheline Maylor and Julie Trimingham.

There will also be more music than ever, including the Orbiting Ouroboros and The Sadlier-Brown Band. Sheri-D will perform pieces from her new CD, Dragon Rouge with the Orbiting Ouroboros (mega-musicians Barry Reynolds, Liam McDonald, Dave Bauer, Kenna Burima and Mark Williams). Sheri-D co-produced the work with Steven Berlin (Los Lobos, The Tragically Hip…) and the music and arrangements were done by Steven Berlin and Barry Reynolds (Marianne Faithfull). Listen to the first track at the bottom of this list.

April is National Poetry Month
2017 Calgary Spoken Word Festival
April 22 – 25

Event 1: Workshop SOLD OUT
Making & Unmaking Metaphor with Lorna Crozier
Presented with Writers’ Guild Of Alberta
Saturday, April 22, 10AM-2PM $50 ($30 Guild Members)
Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW

Event 2: Wild Women & Friends
Presented with Woolf’s Voices (Adrienne Adams)
Sunday, April 23, 7PM $15
Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave SE
With Cobra Collins, Afua Cooper, Lorna Crozier, Julie Trimingham, Sheri-D Wilson & The Orbiting Ouroboros (mega-musicians Barry Reynolds, Liam McDonald, Dave Bauer, Kenna Burima and Mark Williams)
MC Aritha Van Herk

Event 3: Off the Charts
Monday, April 24, 7 PM $15
Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave SE
With Mighty Mike McGee, Mary Pinkoski, Andre Prefontaine, Shaf, Sheri-D Wilson & The Orbiting Ouroboros (mega-musicians Barry Reynolds, Liam McDonald, Dave Bauer, Kenna Burima and Mark Williams), The Sadlier-Brown Band
MC Micheline Maylor

Event 4: Ink Spot Slam & Open Mic
Tuesday, April 25 – 8:00 PM $5
The Unicorn, 223—8th Avenue SW

The Book of Sensations

In The Book of Sensations, Sheri-D Wilson muses imagery that explores the connection between the natural world and the word. The Book of Sensations (April 2017) is the inaugural publication in a new series by U of C Press, called ‘Brave & Brilliant.’ Aritha van Herk is the series editor while the editor of this book is poet, Helen Hajnoczky.

As our world rapidly changes, Wilson is inspired to speak about how we might reconnect to each other and to the earth. She delves into the ancient world to look for answers—to seek the threads we have lost. Language is at the centre of her inquest.

Wilson presents a fine-tuned capacious vocabulary, a mythical awareness, far-reaching observation, dream-vision and a precise and reflective wit—through the surrealist eye.

The work embodies the poetic eco-system. With verve and power this collection speaks volumes. From blank page—birth of the word—the book—the library—the reader—sound through ascension. It is a cycle of life filled with poignant sensations—deep realizations. Experience. Put this book in your pocket and walk.

Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. Her collection, Re:Zoom (Frontenac House, 2005), won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award.


Dragon Rouge

Music & Spoken Word
Producers: Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) & Sheri-D Wilson
Text: Sheri-D Wilson
Arrangements: Barry Reynolds & Steve Berlin

Recorded in Calgary & Portland, Dragon Rouge combines the arresting spoken word poetry of Sheri-D with scintillating music that traverses the outside edge. This is a CD for thinkers—yet everyone will want to listen! There is something ancient which seems to bubble below the surface of the vanguard.


Co-producer/ Poet/ Performer

Spoken word artist Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of 11 books, the creator of 4 short films for Bravo.

She is known for her electric performance style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world. She has read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.

Her work has received national and international acclaim with such honours as a 2013 feature interview with Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers, a 2012 article in Chatelaine Magazine, a 2012 TED Talk, and the subject of a half-hour documentary called Heart of a Poet. In 2009 she was named one of the top ten poets in Canada by CBC.


Co-producer/ Arranger/ Musician

Steven Berlin (born September 14, 1955, Philadelphia) is an American saxophonist, keyboardist and record producer, best known as a member of the rock group Los Lobos and, before that, Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, the Blasters, and the Flesh Eaters. Berlin is married and lives with his wife and children in Portland, Oregon.

Berlin joined the band Tuatara as a side project in 1998 on their second album, Trading with the Enemy.

As either a session musician or producer, Berlin has worked with the Crash Test Dummies, Backyard Tire Fire, Beat Farmers, John Lee Hooker, the Paladins, Faith No More, Dave Alvin, R.E.M., the Go-Go’s, the Smithereens, the Replacements, Leo Kottke, Sheryl Crow, the Act, Los Super Seven, Rickie Lee Jones, String Cheese Incident, Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Raul Malo, Rick Trevino, Jackie Greene, the Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea, the Bridge, Nathan Wiley, the Dandy Warhols, Making Movies and Deer Tick.


Arranger/ Musician

Barry Reynolds, is a British guitar player, songwriter, composer and producer, best known for his long-lasting collaboration with Marianne Faithfull.

After joining blues band Blodwyn Pig alongside Mick Abrahams of Jethro Tull, Reynolds moved to the USA in 1972. In 1976, Reynolds joined Marianne Faithfull’s band, beginning a writing partnership that initially produced songs Broken English and Why Do You Do It.

After moving back to New York, Reynolds has since devoted most of his time to writing, notably with Baaba Maal (Nomad Soul and Television albums), Grace Jones (“Well Well Well” on her 2008 Hurricane album), all the while continuing working with Marianne Faithfull. His last collaborations include the 2013 compilation Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys with Beth Orton, Johnny Depp, Lou Reed and Pete Doherty.


When listening think Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Ani DeFranco… Here is track 1 from Dragon Rouge


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